Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved.
Implants are titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth.
Evaluation for Implants:
A consultation to determine your specific needs
A thorough review of your medical and dental history
A dental examination and radiographs (Panoramic or CAT scan)
A periodontal examination
Dental implants are anchors that act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the mouth. Small posts are attached to the implant to provide stable anchors in the gums for replacement teeth. Healing time following surgery varies from person to person, based on a variety of factors include hardness of the bone. The healing time for the implant to bond to the bone is 3-9 months. During this time you will be able to wear a temporary appliance if appropriate. Dental implants are placed in the office under local anesthesia with or without oral sedation.
Implants will serve you well for many years if you take care of them and keep your mouth healthy. This means taking the time for good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and keeping regular appointments with your dentist.
Dr. Cohen will work closely with your dentist to design and restore your implants. Your dentist is responsible for your final restoration (crown, bridge, partial).
Radiographs should be taken yearly to evaluate the bone supporting the implants.